To say it’s been an easy few weeks would not be accurate. With work and home, and the time leading into the holidays, it’s been freaking exhausting. Not the physical type of exhaustion either, lol.
TeenThing is my mental illness mirror…as in she is more anxiety than depression. I’m pretty sure this means we balance each other out. It’s a good thing we both have a sense of humour, because I am pretty sure that has been a major player in how we have been getting through the initial medication stage. For example: I had to wake her up early this morning, so I nudged her awake and danced in her room until she woke up. Luckily she thinks I’m funny 😉
Today was our doctor visit, and she increased TeenThing’s med dosage. We should be able to see a difference in her anxiety within the next week or two. She is doing much better and I am so happy she asked for help when she did. Our doctor was very optimistic about her progress so far and for her treatment going forward. It has definitely put my mind at ease. She goes back in a month for another check in and then if all is well we should be good to go to move forward in her treatment.
For now, we are now focusing on getting her sorted with work and getting through the busy holiday season.
That being said, keep this in mind when you are frustrated and shopping/movie-ing/eating out over the next month: There are a lot of kids out there working in the stores/theatres/eating establishments. They don’t make the rules, or the prices, or the return/exchange policies. They are just doing what they have been trained to do. They are not trying to ruin your day. Please don’t be jerks.
I have been “unpacking” my compartmentalized boxes and working on me bit by bit. Something that is irritating and needs to stop is me chewing on the sides of my fingernails. It’s gross I know, but that is my illness manifesting itself as a habit and I have to get a hold on it.
In terms of physical fitness me: I have a new glute program to follow and will be back to some yoga classes this week at the gym. Any running I will be doing will be on the track, as I have some stretching and exercises to do prior to lacing up. I am also going to get back on track with my weights, as that has been haphazard at best. All of this will determine my race status going into 2019.
I must say, opening up my 2018 to regaining my strength and mental clarity has given me more flexibility with my schedule and I am really looking forward to it.
So, onward and upward! It’s almost time to get Christmas-y 🙂